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China (September 20, 2001)

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The people drive on the right side of the road. They talk to each other in Chinese and we don't know if they speak American. We can't read any of the signs. First we arrived in Beijing. We went to the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall stretches more than 100 km across China. It looks like a wall. We hiked all the way to the tallest turret. The Great Wall was to protect China against the Huns. There was a turret outside in the desert, but we didn't go to it. The fastest way of signaling the Great Wall that there was an attack is to light smoke or fire on a turret. You can see smoke from a very far away place.

We went to the Ming Tombs. The Ming Tombs are the tombs of the great emperors. There was a Sacred Way that you could go and there are lots of statues of animals guarding. First is the lion. The first one sits down and rests, and then the second one stands up and guards. There was one that looked like a half-lion and a half-donkey.


China (October 4, 2001)

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In China, we went on a lot of trains. Some day trains and some night trains. A day train you go on the train in the day. A night train you sleep over on the train. We got all soft sleepers. Soft sleepers are soft but still hard. I play cards with dad, read my book, and look out the window on the train. When I look out the window I see mostly rice fields.

I can speak some Chinese but I can only speak numbers. When we first arrived in China we couldn't read any of the signs and we couldn't understand anybody. Very unlike the countries we were in before.

In all of China we had guides wherever we went. They guided us. We would drive in a van and sometimes me and Cam could play our Game Boys.

The hotels most of them were big but some of them were small. The beds were always soft. One time Cam had to sleep backwards. Most of them were three stars.

People mostly rode on bicycles and scooters. The people don't wait for people to cross the street if their light is green. The people drive on the right side of the road.

We took an afternoon train to leave China. When we arrived in Hong Kong we had to find our way to the hotel ourselves. But we took a taxi. Hong Kong is very like China but it was still given to Britain. That's why we didn't have a guide. The people mostly ride bicycles.

 

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